Tomorrow night (Friday, Feb. 13) at 8, the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community welcomes Paul McGeough as its Second Friday at the Library speaker. McGeough has been a foreign correspondent for 25 years and covered the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and the 9/11 attack on New York City, among many other assignments. The author of half a dozen books and a long-time editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, McGeough has been named Australian Journalist of the Year two times and has won the Australian counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize, the Walkley, eight times.
McGeough, who weekends in Huntly with his wife Nadia, calls his talk “Decisions and Consequences.” He will discuss the lessons we can learn — or that we fail to learn — from our actions overseas. His focus will be less on the view from Washington and more on the lives and experiences of the people on the ground in the affected countries. For more information, call 301-246-0022.
Rappahannock residents and former Middle Street Gallery members Pam Pittinger and Jim Ramsay are exhibiting new paintings at the gallery this weekend through Mar. 22.
Pittinger and Ramsay draw and paint independently, but sometimes they join to create a painting collaboratively, side by side, often passing the canvas back and forth until it is finished. Both individual works and joint pieces will be on display in this exhibit, called “I:I (eye to eye).”
“We have been working together for many years and feel there is a strong affinity for each other’s style,” Pittinger says. “We are both abstract artists; Jim’s style is more structured and linear whereas mine is more organic and playful.”
“Collaborative art is not a new idea,” Ramsay adds. “Reubens had a workshop of assistants who translated his small drawings into wall sized paintings while he was out of town. Back home, Reubens would rework much of the canvas, finishing it with his signature flair and bravura detail brushwork. Picasso and Braque also famously worked on each others paintings in their early cubist period.”
Reubens, Picasso and Braque will not be represented at the gallery during this show, but Pittinger and Ramsay will share wall space with other members of the artists’ co-operative.
There’s an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. this Saturday (Feb. 14) at the gallery (at 3 River Lane, next to River District Arts, in Sperryville). The gallery is open 11 to 5 Friday-Sunday. Call 540-987-9330 or visit middlestreetgallery.org for more information.
— Gary Anthes
This Sunday (Feb. 15) at 4, internationally acclaimed percussionist Tom Teasley presents his award-winning repertoire of world rhythms to Castleton’s Theatre House as part of the Castleton in Performance winter series. A skilled performer on numerous instruments, Teasley has been an artist-in-residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has collaborated with the National Symphony as both a soloist and composer. As an international collaborator, he has performed by invitation in Europe, South America, New Zealand throughout the Middle East and Samoa.
He has also served as a cultural envoy for the U.S. state department, and is a touring artist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Teasley has received numerous awards for his work in international music, including the 2012 and 2013 Washington Area Music Award (WAMA) for Best World Music Instrumentalist. He is a two-time Helen Hayes award recipient for outstanding sound design and was just nominated for this year’s award for his work on Constellation Theatre’s production of “The Love of the Nightingale.” The soundtrack is also on his recent acclaimed CD by the same name.
At Castleton, Teasley will demonstrate percussion traditions from Africa, India and the Middle East, offering an American perspective on these musical art forms. “By highlighting the commonalities between drums, rhythms and other musical elements I can show how cultures have more in common than we might think,” he says. Teasley will also highlight some of his new work with video from his program “Sounds You Can SEE” (and you can see some of those sounds at youtube.com/watch?v=TvVVv2POZkE).
Tickets to Sunday’s matinee ($20 to $40) are available at castletonfestival.org or 866-974-0767.
Gray Ghost Winery begins the 2015 competition season winning Best of Class and Gold for the 2013 Vidal Blanc at the San Diego International Wine Competition. Gray Ghost has medaled the 13 consecutive years it has entered this competition, a competition dominated by California wine entries. Gray Ghost’s Reserve Chardonnay also took home Silver medals in both the San Diego International and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitions.
Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. An elite panel of 63 judges representing trade, education, media, retail and restaurants judged a world-record-breaking 6,417 wine entries, from more than 28 states. The San Diego International had more than 1,500 entries from 14 countries.
At Gray Ghost Winery (14706 Lee Hwy., Amissville), the tasting room is open 11 to 5 Saturdays and Sundays in February. Call 540-937-4869.